3L Diversity Scholarship
Each year the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundations partners with California ChangeLawyers, a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, and activists by eliminating roadblocks that exist between law students and legal success. Together, we identify and award a $5000 scholarship to a third-year law student preparing to take the California Bar Exam.
This year we are pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of the California ChangeLawyers 3L Diversity Scholarship, Monet McCord. Ms. McCord attends the University of San Diego School of Law. Upon graduation she will receive a Juris Doctor with concentrations in Public Interest and Health Law. Ms. McCord plans to practice Special Education Law and aspires to become a judge.
Ms. McCord was raised in South Central Los Angeles and is the youngest of four children. While growing up, she recalls her grandmother saying “you have more time than you do money.” Ms. McCord took this to mean: there was no excuse for not lending a helping hand to someone in need.
As a first-generation college student, Ms. McCord sought the assistance of others to navigate and assist with her educational and professional career goals. As a result, Ms. McCord has vowed to pay it forward and ensure more individuals have the tools and resources needed to reach their greatest potential.
Ms. McCord continuously demonstrates her commitment to public service. She has volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations to provide pro bono legal services to various communities, including: temporary restraining orders; unlawful detainers; VA disability claims and discharge upgrade petitions; and IEPs for students with disabilities; and petitions for limited conservatorship of the person.
McCord has already made a tremendous impact on the legal community. We are excited to see what the future has in store for her.
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